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Looking for "old school" Pittsburgh

Dish on the Southside is good Italian but a bit pricy.
Forget Beto's. Not so good unless you like cold cheese and toppings on your pizza.
Hough bar maybe fun.
Fat heads on the Southside has huge and pretty good sandwiches.
If you are looking for old school Italian Sarafino's in Crafton is popular...but pretty average to me. Also, BYOB.
La Tavola on Mt Washington is popular, can be a little pricy depending on what you order. service is slow, BYOB.
Legends North Shore is popular and BYOB.

Chowrin had some good ideas.

Aug 20, 2015
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Weekday Breakfast spots in Pittsburgh?

Here are a couple of places in the Strip.
Deluca's in the Strip
Pamela's is popular

Eat n Park

Aug 20, 2015
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Resturants near Falling Water and the Laurel Highlands area 2015

Out of the Fire in Donegal near turnpike.

Jul 18, 2015
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What is Pittsburgh's Signature Dish?

Where are you staying? Walking into town maybe your best choice.
Some popular places are Max's Allegheny Tavern, if you like german.
Walk into town, there are some good choices - Meat & Potatoes, Six Penn, Tako.
If you want a sandwich, Peppi's is popular.
Nicky's Thai Kitchen on Western Avenue.

Jul 03, 2015
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Pittsburgh's Finest?

LeMont is one of those places that you either love or hate. Was there about a year ago for a dinner during the week and it was very good. Still on the old school type menu, great service and good wine steward. The food was good. Do not suggest on a weekend when it is crowded.

If you are interested in Mt. Washington, another great choice is Altius.

Mar 22, 2015
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My daughter wants to eat dinner on Mt Washington

Monterrey has been closed for renovations. Check to see if it will be open the night you are looking for. I have had good experiences at both. Lemont is more of a fancy old school style.

Mar 17, 2015
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Weekend in Pittsburgh with 3 year old: suggestions?

Have not been for brunch at Meat & Potatoes...but is popular...make reservation. Check the website for menu:

Siena Mercato has 3 establishments. Emporio the meatball joint is liked by most but the food is just OK in my book, but is fun/nice would be good for family. I prefer Mezzo, wood fired pizza, pasta, wine & charcuterie.

Coffee...hope someone else can answer...I just don't go to many coffee places and none in town.

Mar 15, 2015
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Weekend in Pittsburgh with 3 year old: suggestions?

You and your 3 yr old would like the Aviary, too.

Mar 15, 2015
Effort in Pennsylvania

Weekend in Pittsburgh with 3 year old: suggestions?

Not sure where you are staying but there are a few good coffee places that may be closer to where you are staying.
You have some good ideas - Children's Musean, Phipps Conservatory, Zoo is fun if weather is OK. You may like the Carnegie Science Center too.
Grove City shops are 1 hour north off of I79, you should pass it on the way to Pittsburgh.
There is a Costco in Cranberry not far from I79. The Costco's are all similar. Not sure Costco is anything outstanding but may be worth a quick look.
Primanti's in the Strip is Ok but don't expect much except gruff service and not sure if that location has kids items. It is an experience but you may prefer the downtown or suburban locations more. Also, the strip location is cash only.
If you are a foodie, you may like wondering the strip to explore...Penn Mac, Wholey's, Pensys. Gaucho Parrilla Argentina is really popular for a sandwich, too. No seating tho. Some others may have better ideas for eating, but here are a couple but they are BYOB..Piccolo Forno, Noodlehead, Nicky's Thai Kitchen.

Mar 14, 2015
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Seafood recs in Pittsburgh

Two that we like:
Penn Avenue Fish in the strip. Very casual.
Off the Hook in Warrendale. Nice restaurant setting, more upscale.
Have not been to Luke Wholey's.
Not really a fan of Rolands.
Monterey Bay is closed for renovation.

Mar 05, 2015
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Pittsburgh rehearsal dinner?

Vallozzi's downtown..went to a rehearsal dinner there on a Friday...probably expensive.
You could try the University Club, the library room..have been there for a party...very nice. There are a few other clubs in Oakland that would have a room (PAA, Twentieth Century Club). Have heard the Union Project that is in old church in East Liberty area is nice for small banquets but not sure about catering and have not been there.

Jan 23, 2015
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Where to buy organic loose teas and tea infuser near Robinson Twp?

Try -
Prestogeorge in the Strip
Dobra Tea
Te Cafe
Tea Pittsburgh
Gryphon's tea

Jan 08, 2015
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Cranberry Twp PA dining recommendations

mb is correct. Local chain with some beer and wine.

Dec 03, 2014
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Cranberry Twp PA dining recommendations

Off The Hook and Tamari are in the same little shopping strip but are a little more expensive. Aviva Brick Oven is nearby. Aladdin's Eatery has mediterranean is popular.

Dec 03, 2014
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Lawrenceville part of Pgh - need place for large group for lunch day after Thanksgiving

Kaleidoscope Cafe may work. It is BYOB.
I think Matteo's has a room for a large group.

Nov 12, 2014
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Pittsburgh - restaurant/higher end bar/pub that can accommodate 150 people!

Tough weekend for that unless you rent a party room.
What time of day?
Do you want food?
What area of town?
You could try some catering places like the Union Project or Boiler Room or Schenley Park Cafe. Hofbrauhaus does it during the week.
Good luck.

Sep 12, 2014
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Pittsburgh/Bethel Park area

Il Pizzaiolo has a nice Italian wine bar. Really good brick oven pizza and some good pasta.
Little tokyo for sushi
Kous Kous Cafe is BYOB and great but on the expensive side
Bistro 19 is very good and a little more expensive.
Arpino Trattoria has good pasta and is BYOB
Silk Road is good chinese, in Caste Village in Whitehall near BPark.
Danny's Parkview for a Italian Hoagie --not the pizza.
Al's Cafe is popular, though it is pretty mediocre.
If you want a good taco and street food go to Las Palmas in Brookline.
Someone Else's bar has been mentioned.
Kabob G Grill is good Lebanese and a few door up from Someone Else's bar.
Enjoy the adventure of trying some new places!

Sep 05, 2014
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Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Six Penn or Il Pizzaiolo

Jul 17, 2014
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German or Scandinavian Food in Pittsburgh

Agree in Max's Allegheny Tavern.
Or join the or become friends with a member.

May 29, 2014
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Pittsburgh weekday family-friendly dinner?

Max's Allegheny Tavern if you like German food is in that area.

May 29, 2014
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Trip to Pittsburgh: Where to eat?

Il Pizzaiolo has pasta and real good brick oven pizza.
Have heard Sienna Sulla Piazza has good pasta.
Both in Market Square not far from the hotel.

Good luck with the marathon!

Apr 16, 2014
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Trip to Pittsburgh: Where to eat?

Hope you enjoy your visit. If you go to Primanti's you can walk to the one in the Strip District on 18th Street. About 15 minute walk. Remember why this sandwich was created and don't get the #1 cheese steak (in my opinion). Take cash.
Some restaurant suggestions:
Meat & Potatoes - walking distance
Cure - will need to drive
Eleven - walking distance
Dish - drive
Park Brugge Cafe - drive, does not take reservations.
Gaucho Parrilla Argentina if you want another sandwich and only a few stools to eat in.
Pamela's for Breakfast - some love it, especially the crepe pancakes. Obama made it famous. Just a diner.
I am sure others will have suggestions.

Apr 16, 2014
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Saturday Lunch near Pgh Airport

Both Bocktown and Burgatory are about 2 miles from the Marriott and not out of the way to McDonald.
There is a Don Jose mexican nearby, Ditka's. Papaya Asian and all the big name chains in that area.

Apr 11, 2014
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Saturday Lunch near Pgh Airport

If your looking for a good beer and decent pub grub the Bocktown is pretty good. Burgatory is in the same area and is a make your own burgers and alcoholic milkshakes, will probably be a long wait so you may be to much to eat if your are going to a early dinner.

Apr 11, 2014
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Best Pittsburgh Restaurant with a view of the city

Isabella on Grandview has a great view. Expensive and more of a special night type place. Most on Grandview are expensive and some not so good.
You may want to stop and take pictures and go somewhere else to eat if cost is an issue. Or stop by for a drink at the Grandview Saloon or even LeMont.

Mar 01, 2014
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Bethel Parkk?

Just remembered that the Walnut Grill has a place in Mt Lebanon. The bar area has TV's. Food is OK but a little more expensive. It it near Il Pizzaiolo noted by Burghfeeder. Il Pizzaiolo has really good pizza but no TV's.

Nov 06, 2013
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Bethel Parkk?

Primanti's in Mt Lebanon
Someone Else's Bar in Castle Shannon behind Ice Castle..small but good food and TV's.

Nov 02, 2013
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Pittsburgh to FallingWater - anywhere worth stopping?

Not sure where you are staying but Out of the Fire in Donegal just off the turnpike is good. Helen's @ Seven Springs is good too. If you want real high end and real expensive, Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands.
There is another Frank Lloyd Wright home open about 15 minutes away that you may like, Kentuck Knob.

Jul 24, 2013
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Lord forgive me for this post.....and thanks for those who choose to help. Pittsburgh.

As other have suggested:
Il Pizziaolo - nice wine (Italian) bar in the back
Bistro 19
Kous Kous if just a few, not 12, get reservations if in the evening, BYOB.
Cucina Bella has a room in the basement for a bigger crowd, but call and get reservations. BYOB. Creative Brick oven pizza, salads, panini's.

Jul 05, 2013
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Saturday night in Pittsburgh

Dish on the southside.
Cafe du Jour on the southside - BYOB
Kaya can be fun - Strip District.
Nicky's Thai Kitchen - BYOB..on the Northside...newer one in town but have not been to that one.

Jul 02, 2013
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